My First Reef Tank (Advice)

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RW4 is good an Rw8 will be to much , get atleast two good heaters for the display tank low power is better 2 x 50w incase  they stick on and cook your fish /corals ,a cover is a good idea fish do jump, talk to all the lfs they often don't pratice what they preach .If you buy water check every time as its often not as it should be ,salinity and tds . I buy my ro check the tds 4 or under is best you can expect then mix my own its not hard .Find a good lfs you trust (but don't trust them to much)

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I'd take a different approach to heaters.  Most of us on here have an STC-1000 temperature controller (make sure it the version with the rubber probe, not a metal probe, as they rust).  They are very accurate (+/- 0.3 degrees), and you can plug in two heaters (in case one stops working) both of which should be able to heat the tank on their own - too small and if one stops working your tank can get too cold in winter.  You can then set the thermostat on both to click off just past the point the STC would switch them off (just incase the STC fails - not heard of this happening yet).  If a heater gets stuck on, the STC turns it off anyway.  You'd be VERY unlucky to have a heater stick on, and the STC fail.

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Oh, and even better than glass heaters, are solid titanium heaters.  Way more efficient and virtually indestructible.  There are some that are titanium coated - don't get one of those.

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I'd take a different approach to heaters.  Most of us on here have an STC-1000 temperature controller (make sure it the version with the rubber probe, not a metal probe, as they rust).  They are very accurate (+/- 0.3 degrees), and you can plug in two heaters (in case one stops working) both of which should be able to heat the tank on their own - too small and if one stops working your tank can get too cold in winter.  You can then set the thermostat on both to click off just past the point the STC would switch them off (just incase the STC fails - not heard of this happening yet).  If a heater gets stuck on, the STC turns it off anyway.  You'd be VERY unlucky to have a heater stick on, and the STC fail.

yeah I was going to go for one of them ,but its possible it could fail and unless you have two of them  you have no redundancy ,I also heard they were complicated to wire . I use three good 50 w digital heaters ,one at each end and one in the rear chambers ,two of them can heat the tank independently in  winter and if one sticks it should not get to hot to quickly . Its less complicated to set up anyway which I like    ;)

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Reply #19

I use a simply aquaria temp controller and found I easy and good to use.

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